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A Strategic Point of Light
photoOne unmistakable feature of our newly expanded Comprehensive Cancer Center—the subject of this issue of Engage—is light.

In adding six floors and creating North Carolina’s largest dedicated cancer hospital, one of our first aims was to have plenty of natural light throughout for patients and their families. The building also includes a courtyard, serenity rooms, and large family waiting areas with computer stations, televisions, kitchens and laundry facilities.

It all helps to provide more comfort and care. It makes our new building beautiful in addition to being technologically advanced, enhancing our already acknowledged strengths. In its 2013–14 rankings, U.S. News & World Report placed us 12th in the nation for cancer care—the best in North Carolina.

We’re proud of our reputation, and this expansion augments the wonderful work that our physicians, researchers and staff do every day. Those special people bring a light of their own to our Cancer Center. They make it the best possible place to care for patients.

Even with this expansion complete—ahead of schedule and roughly $7 million under budget—we still need you. Financial support is vital to provide the very best care, to conduct research to find cures and better treatments, and to educate caring physicians and gifted researchers that the world needs.

Sheer numbers underscore that need. According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 12 million men and women in the United States have a history of cancer, and 41 percent of children born today will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. The most recent reporting from the N.C. State Center for Health Statistics indicates there are 227,397 cases of cancer across the state each year.

As chief executive officer, I know the expansion is a strategic investment in our long-term future. That it aligns with our commitment to develop an integrated health care delivery system. That it provides the infrastructure to grow advanced clinical programs, which are driven largely by our cutting-edge research and compassionate care.

Ultimately, though, it is about people. It puts everyone who cares for our patients—our doctors, nurses, volunteers and the families—in one place for one reason: to help patients.

And that’s why we’re here.


John D. McConnell, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center


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